Scotland School Stays Smoke Safe
Notre Dame High School in Glasgow, Scotland, was founded back in 2011 offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including school choir, football team, fair trade group and popular stage shows.
The school houses hundreds of schoolchildren, staff and teachers on a daily basis and could be considered more vulnerable to the likelihood of a fire than some other buildings – a large, free-flowing population means you have a location which should certainly be considered in need of proper fire safety protocols.
Alas, a previous provider of smoke control system installation/maintenance wasn’t up to the task at hand, so Brakel Airvent was appointed to take the reins and steer the system back on track.
One of the key issues with the system as it stood was the inoperable nature of head of stair vents. These had been damaged by the strong local winds where the Clyde meets the lochs, the roof hatch lids having been fitted in the wrong direction of opening on the roof – an obvious smoke control no-no. Without these vents in operating order, the entire smoke control system was critically compromised and if a fire were to break out smoke would spread throughout the building causing serious risk to life.
Brakel Airvent replaced the poorly-specified and poorly-installed vents with Brakel-manufactured Eura ventilators, which are louvred and as such not prone to wind damage, and also examined the building’s control systems to ensure they were up to scratch. Alas this was made all the more challenging as the building’s M&E arrangements had been installed in such a way as to make provision for access to lighting equipment but not smoke vents…
“We really appreciate Brakel Airvent’s helpful can-do attitude in this situation. They were on-site quickly after we realised we had an issue and were able to identify the problems – and the solution – without any fuss.
“Their attitude has always been to make things as simple for us as possible, and they clearly know their stuff when it comes to smoke ventilation.”
Andrew Mclean, Lifecycle Surveyor, FES FM Limited